* Sean Bean
is considering trading in blockbuster movies for a bit part in a British TV soap opera. The actor is keen to follow in his Lord of the Rings
co-star Ian McKellen's
footsteps by appearing in long-running ITV1 show Coronation Street
. He says, "I do like Coronation Street. Sir Ian McKellen was on that, wasn't he? Maybe I could do that. (I could be) the milkman!" And the producers of the soap opera would be delighted to sign up Bean: "That is fantastic! Sean is a good, solid northern actor and would be brilliant.
* Co-stars Tyrese Gibson
and James Franco
were fighting for real during boxing scenes in new movie Annapolis
after a few stray punches landed. The pair play fierce rivals in the film, set at the US Navy's tough training facility, and their feelings for each other came out in the boxing ring. Gibson recalls, "There were a few oopsies. I call them oopsies because his face wasn't supposed to be there, my face wasn't supposed to be there. I was like, 'OK, James!' It got serious at one point but I don't really want to talk about that."
* Colin Farrell
wears the same pair of underpants on every film he makes, to bring good luck to the movie set. The star, famous for being linked with some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, refuses to throw away the underpants - and they have supported him through seven big budget blockbusters. Farrell says, "I don't wear them to the discos and the clubs. They're only for the first day of filming. Shamrock shorts - not very glamorous! I've worn the same pair for about seven films now."
* Star Trek
actor William Shatner
will host the inaugural Golden Groundhog Awards on February 2 to honor the best underground movie of 2005. To qualify, competing films must have made less than $1 million at the US box office.
* Andrew Lloyd Webber
is working on an eight-week BBC reality TV series in which he searches for a new star to play Maria in his London stage production of "The Sound of Music."
* Reality TV icon Richard Hatch
faces 13 years in prison after being found guilty of failing to pay tax on his $1 million winnings from the first Survivor
show. Hatch has started serving his sentence, which is to be announced, because he is considered a flight risk.
* Movie mogul Woody Allen
has reportedly bought a $25.9 million Upper East Side, New York home with 16 rooms and 10 fireplaces.
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)